Tricounty News

A time for giving thanks

Thanksgiving Day for us will always be linked with the day, now eight years ago, we came home from halfway around the world with our "new" two-year-old son.

That day was such a whirlwind of "hurry-up-and-wait," rushing through airports and customs then sitting and waiting for flights. It feels like it was just yesterday.

On one of the plane landings on our way home (arriving in Chicago), our George became a U.S. citizen as the wheels touched U.S. soil. That was the biggest highlight in an otherwise quite memorable day. And Thanksgiving will always be tied to that single day eight years ago that culminated more than two years' effort.

But there's another memorable Thanksgiving landmark for us, one that's a little older than that. Three years earlier, in 1999, was my first week with the Tri-County News. Eleven years, and 572 issues, have now passed.

Much has happened in these eleven years. The Tri-County News got COLOR Ð full, four-plate color! We've gone from paste-up to digital layout all on the computer.

Eleven years ago, a single computer held everything needed for one week's paper; it was then purged to make room for the next week's ads and photos and stories. Now everything is digital, and we have backup of backup (most of the time), and as many as four computers involved in the production of the paper each week.

We've told a number of stories in those 572 issues, too.

Great joy and profound sorrow have been mixed with hard work and routine. Life marches on, whether we're ready or not. Sometimes we get so caught up in the every-day mundane parts of life that we forget to acknowledge Ð and give thanks for Ð all the special things and moments that happen along the way.

What's happened here in the past eleven years mirrors the communities we serve. We've made it through a recession, so they say, and survived the ravages of an "economic downturn."

We have so much to be thankful for. Even when it's not immediately apparent.

And, just in case you're not convinced, it won't take you long to find millions of people who are much worse off than we are. Some of them are on the other side of the planet; others are much, much closer to home.

So, I hope you can give thanks this year, with a clear and open heart. Perhaps you have a special Thanksgiving Day memory, too. And maybe, just maybe, you can be part of someone else's special Thanksgiving memory.

Here's wishing you all a full and blessed Thanksgiving, and a rich and rewarding Holiday season.